May 13, 1998
Gary Colbert, a 6-1, 165 pound point guard, from Entiwanda High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Utah and play basketball. The announcement was made today by Utah Head Basketball Coach Rick Majerus.
Colbert averaged 16.4 points, 5.5 rebounds, 8.2 assists and 3.5 steals per game as a senior. He was a three-year starter at Entiwanda and averaged 17.3 points, 7.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds during his career. He was twice named first team all-CIF and MVP of his league. This past season he was also named LA Times Inland Empire Player of the Year. He was also named MVP in several tournaments during his career.
"Gary is going to follow in the path of Andre Miller in that he is going to sit out for a year," said Majerus. "He has the potential to be the premier point guard in the WAC in a relatively short period of time. Although he made some mistakes early in his academic career, he has shown tremendous resolve and persistence in his junior and senior years. There is absolutely no question in my mind that this bright, young man will go on to graduate from the University of Utah. I think the best thing about him is his character. He has overcome adversity and given the fact that he has a very supportive family there is no doubt in our minds that he will go on to be a graduate of the University of Utah as well as an outstanding playmaker."
"Gary can absolutely shut the opposition down, "explained Majerus. "He comes to Utah as well coached as any high school player I've ever recruited. He understands the game. He is the consummate point guard and there is no one with better skills and athletic ability that we could have gotten. He is a quality individual and a quality player. He has played for one of the finest coaches in Southern California in Dave Kleckner. Gary understands how to run the show and has a tremendous point guard mentality. He is excited about the challenge that Utah presents. He is quick on quick and is capable of being the best defensive point guard I've ever coached. It's exciting to add someone of this defensive dimension to our team. I don't know if there is a better defensive point guard around that has Gary's skills and court sense as well as his tremendous passing presence and awareness."
Entiwanda coach Dave Kleckner compares Colbert to current Ute point guard Andre Miller. "Gary does many things similar to Andre Miller," says Kleckner. He can drive it, dish off or pull up for the jump shot. He is also an outstanding defensive player. He is a great person and is very coachable. He will fit in well with Coach Majerus and the team and has the ability to develop into an excellent major college basketball player."
Colbert lives in Alta Loma, California.